BRASWELL: Looking back - Oct. 20, 2013

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.


— Carters Inc. opened for business on Washington Street. The department store offered a fine array of merchandise, much of which was displayed on mahogany shelves.

— Albany, and much of the southern part of the country, was suffering a severe sugar shortage with no immediate relief in sight. Residents were encouraged to use syrup as a substitute whenever possible, as it was expected to be at least mid-to late November before supplies returned to normal.


— The headline read: “Plan to interest farmers in the Chamber of Commerce project to establish a market for weed in Albany.” Similar meetings were to be held in Leesburg and Newton to establish tobacco markets.


— New rules in Georgia required hunters to have a license. The fee for a county license was $1, a state license was $3 and a non-resident statewide license was $25. Capt. James W. Nesbitt, game and fish warden for Dougherty County, stated that he intended to enforce all provisions of the hunting laws “without fear or favor.”


— Expecting a small turnout for the Nov. 2 general election, the county announced that only one polling place would be manned. Located at the courthouse, the booth would be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., with no voting between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. so the lone worker could take a dinner break.


— Albany was in position to enter 1930 with the greatest excess of assets over liabilities ever reported for the city. It was projected that Albany could have assets nearing $70,000 with little to no liabilities outstanding. Note: The report was given just two weeks before the stock market crashed.


— Approximately 35 dogs were killed at the city stables following city-wide attacks by a rabid German shepherd. The dogs, either bitten or attacked by the mad dog, were slain by the city stable workers to prevent the spread of rabies. Adults and children exposed to the diseased dog underwent preventive treatment of multiple injections.


— The Works Projects Administration (WPA) housekeeping aides held an open house for advisory committee members. Some of the demonstrations for the day included: cabbage cooked three simple and wholesome ways, biscuit making from surplus commodities, construction of dish cabinets from orange crates, how to cut two boys’ shirts from one man’s shirt and creating a simple home nursery with no more than $1.


— The Albany High School Indians outscored Americus on the football field 40-7.

— With the cooperation of the city of Albany, the Chamber of Commerce began a search for a provider of natural gas.


— When the final voter registration numbers were tallied, it was found that a full one-third of all registered voters for the upcoming November election was black.

— Sears advertised a 22-piece Craftsman wrench set, including a heavy duty steel carrying box, for $19.88.


— It was Halloween night when the Albany High Indians took to the football field with 13 consecutive wins already in the books. Victorious against Jordan High, the Indians made it 14 straight victories.

— Much to the surprise of shoppers, five very large Canadian geese chose Albany’s new Midtown Shopping Center as a place to take a break. After the rather startling landing and a few minutes of hearty honking, the geese proceeded along their travels.


— The Junior Woman’s Club of Albany sponsored a Loan and Gift Closet at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Any person diagnosed with a malignant cancer was eligible to use the closet. Club members visited terminal patients to determine their needs providing anything from a blender to puree food to a wheelchair and much more.


— “Let’s Make a Deal,” starring Monty Hall, premiered on WALB. The show could be seen in color at 1:30 p.m. weekdays.


— Outlawed for quite some time, self-service gas stations finally became legal in Sylvester.


— The Cairo Syrupmakers beat the Lee County Trojans by a score of 70-7. On the same night, Terrell County defeated Stewart-Quitman 53-0.


— Plans for relocating Byne Memorial Baptist Church, a mainstay of downtown Albany for 80 years, moved forward with the purchase of two land parcels near the Albany Mall for $410,070.

— Construction on the new administration building for the Dougherty County School System was set for groundbreaking on Nov. 1. Architect David Maschke devised design plans to save $215,067 with more possible savings to come. Expected cost: $2,104,048.


(c) Homosexual activity. The APD had stakeouts at the park and several arrests were made. In one case, the bond was set at $500,000 for each offender.